Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid S AWD SUV 2023 Review

Is the Subaru Crosstrek Mild Hybrid any good

Crosstrek Hybrid – Last week I drove the Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid in the top spec ‘S’ model. It’s a small to medium sized hatchback SUV style that looks ready for adventure.

Subaru Crosstrek AWD Hybrid S

Subaru released the Crosstrek earlier this year and it quickly became a standout in the segment.

Some of the thing I like most are:

  • the huge vertical central touch screen that is easy to use and has excellent clarity.
  • 360-degree cameras for better visibility both on and off road
  • Class leading safety features.
  • Symmetrical all-wheel drive with twin mode X-Mode and 220mm of ground clearance, and
  • Little things like heated front seats, electric sunroof, and steering responsive LED auto headlights.

The Crosstrek Hybrid comes with a 2.0L petrol boxer petrol engine with a 4.8 amp hour battery. It provides a little extra power and torque and improves economy by about 10%

Subaru Crosstrek gives buyers a choice of three different models with the normal boxer engine or two models with the hybrid e-boxer engine. Pricing is from a little under $40,000 through to about $50,000 drive away depending on the model.

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More Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid details

e-Boxer mild hybrid system and transmission

Hybrid Crosstrek variants feature Subaru’s hybrid electric power unit system that combines Motor Assist with two of Subaru’s core technologies – Boxer engine and Symmetrical AWD.

The electric motor is placed near the vehicle’s centre of gravity, while the battery and other components are placed above the rear axle, allowing the lowest possible centre of gravity and balanced front/rear vehicle weight distribution.

The system includes a 2.0-litre direct injection petrol Boxer engine, an electric motor inbuilt in the rear of the CVT, and a 118.4-volt battery placed under the rear cargo floor.

A prime benefit of an electric motor is its ability to produce elevated levels of torque instantaneously, providing enhanced driveability and engagement. Motor Assist helps enhance X-Mode’s rough road capability, for example, by enabling easy torque control at low speeds over tough terrain.

All-new Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid variants, which feature the e-Boxer engine, are equipped with the TH580 Lineartronic® CVT with 7-speed manual mode.

Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid S profile 1

Subaru Crosstrek S Hybrid specific features

Crosstrek AWD Hybrid L


  • Horizontally-opposed e-Boxer 4-cylinder, petrol engine
  • Lineartronic® CVT with 7-speed manual mode
  • Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive
  • Auto Stop Start
  • Subaru Intelligent Drive (SI-Drive)
  • X-Mode will hill decent control.


  • 17-inch alloy wheels (new design)
  • LED headlights
  • Dusk-sensing headlights
  • Rear combination lights with LED brake lights
  • SUBARU letter badge
  • Roof rails – black


  • Tricot (Tetra Embossing) cloth seat trim
  • Dual-zone, climate-control air-conditioning

Entertainment, Technology and Safety

  • Central information display with 11.6-inch touchscreen
  • Wireless Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ connectivity
  • USB ports – USB-A and USB-C connection
  • Wireless Qi charger
  • 6-speaker audio
  • SRS airbags – dual front, dual front side, dual curtain, driver’s knee, far side, and front passenger seat cushion
  • E-Active Shift Control
  • EyeSight® Driver Assist system featuring:
    • Adaptive Cruise Control
    • Emergency Lane Keep Assist
    • Lane Centring Function
    • Lane Departure Prevention
    • Lane Departure Warning
    • Lane Sway Warning
    • Lead Vehicle Start Alert
    • Pre-Collision Braking System
    • Pre-Collision Throttle Management
    • Autonomous Emergency Steering
    • Brake Light Recognition
    • Intelligent Speed Limiter
    • Speed Limiter
    • Speed Sign Recognition
    • Wide-angle Monocular Camera
  • Subaru Vision Assist featuring:
    • Blind Sport Monitor (BSM)
    • EyeSight® Assist Monitor
    • Lane Change Assist (LCA)
    • Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA)
    • Front Side Radar
    • Rear parking sensors
    • Reverse Automatic Braking
  • Driver Monitoring System – Driver Focus featuring:
    • Distraction warning
    • Drowsiness warning
    • Facial recognition
    • Climate control setting (last used)
    • MID display (last used)

Subaru Crosstrek AWD Hybrid S wheels and tyres

Crosstrek AWD Hybrid S adds:


  • X-Mode (2 mode)


  • Electric sunroof
  • Door mirrors – heated
  • 18-inch alloy wheels
  • Roof rails – dark grey
  • Front fog light – LED
  • Self-levelling LED headlights with auto off
  • Front cornering lamps


  • Leather accented seat trim
  • 10-way power seat with lumbar support – driver
  • Heated seats – driver and front passenger
  • Leather steering wheel and gear shift
  • Auto-dimming rear-view mirror
  • Aluminium sports pedals

Entertainment, Technology and Safety

  • Satellite navigation
  • 10 speak audio system with Harman Kardon® amplifier.
  • Subaru Vision Assist:
    • High Beam Assist (HBA)
    • Panoramic 360-degree View Monitor
    • Side View Monitor (SVM)
    • Side View Monitor (SVM)

Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid S interior front drivers instruments 2

More Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid S thoughts

What is good?

  • AWD capability
  • Technology and Infotainment connectivity
  • Comfortable to live with

What is not so good?

Also look at.

Smaller Hybrid SUVs for the urban environment are becoming popular.

Buyers could look at: Toyota C-HR Hybrid, Kia Niro hybrid, Toyota Corolla Cross Hybrid, Haval Jolion Hybrid, MG HS,

Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid S interior front drivers instruments 1

Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid S final thoughts

I like the Subaru Crosstrek. Perfect size for an adventure based urban AWD SUV.

As this is a hybrid, I was looking for more fuel benefits, but its good for a mild hybrid.

The Crosstrek hybrid ‘S’ model is packed with features and is easy to drive and live with.

There is a hefty $3500 price premium over the petrol version. That’s a lot of fuel I could buy.

Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid S engine

Subaru Crosstrek


Crosstrek Hybrid S

Model Price$45.090 MLP*
Engine2.0L 4 Cyl e-boxer petrol hybrid
Drivetrain7 Step Lineartronic CVT AWD
Battery Capacity / type4.8ah
Power110Kw @ 5,800 – 6,000 rpm
Torque199Nm @ 4,000 rpm 66Nm EV
Fuel ADR6.5L/100km Euro 6
Fuel on Test7.2 L/100k
Fuel capacity48L
Range (WLTP) / efficiency800km Max
Realistic range725km on test
Fast Charge / Home (240V)N/A
CO2 Emissions147g/km
0-100kmh/Top Speed10.5 secs / 199km/h
Servicing12 Mth / 15,000km – Capped
Warranty5yr/ Unlimited km
Roadside Assist5Yr. conditional roadside assist

*MLP Includes GST and LCT but excluding statutory charges, dealer costs and dealer delivery. See your dealer for RDAP. Does not include price of options. Some features mentioned in the article are options. RDAP means Recommended Drive Away Price (without options but including all other charges)

Subaru Crosstrek AWD Hybrid S

Overall Rating    


Behind the Wheel9
Ride and Handling9
Fit for Purpose9
Style / appeal8
Value for Money8

Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid S interior space compilation


 Crosstrek hybrid S

Overall Length4495mm
Wheels18 X 7.0 Alloy
Tyres225/55 R18
Max ground clearanceUp to 220mm
Wading DepthN/A
Departure angleN/A
Turning Circle KTK10.8m
Boot Capacity Min315L
Boot capacity Max1270L
Battery WeightN/A
Kerb Weight1614kg
Payload (kg)TBA
Towing Capacity1,270kg
Tow Ball rating127kg

Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid S rear

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    Rating - 8.9/10


I like the Subaru Crosstrek. Perfect size for an adventure based urban AWD SUV.

As this is a hybrid, I was looking for more fuel benefits, but its good for a mild hybrid.

The Crosstrek hybrid ‘S’ model is packed with features and is easy to drive and live with.

There is a hefty $3500 price premium over the petrol version. That’s a lot of fuel I could buy.

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Brianna has been driving a different car every week since she got her learners permit. Now writing and doing videos for us she is also qualified in the Hospitality, Beauty and Child Care industries but still finds time to be our resident gourmet chef. She provides the most magnificent meals when the mood takes her.Her camp oven damper made at Ute weekends and camping trips has to be tasted to be believed.In addition to that, she has a particular affinity with off road driving and has been driving since she was 9 years on the same farm as Rob learned to drive on. Unusually for one so young she is exceptionally competent with off road driving, keeping up with drivers that many more years experience. Brianna is currently compiling her own bush cook book along with her other business interests.